CBD is making its way towards acceptance in the sports community, one league at a time.
Cannabis, specifically CBD, has developed a new relationship with professional sports and athletes. Opioids are widely used by professional high-impact sports athletes. With this in mind, along with the serious negative and addictive side-effects of opioids, athletes have been turning to cannabis as a natural medicinal solution to sports injuries, pain management and recovery. While technically still banned by nearly all major sports leagues in the U.S., athletes have been using cannabis and hemp in secrecy. But the topic is making its way into formal conversations at the highest levels in players associations and sports leagues. With the overwhelming anecdotal evidence, public support, and recent signals and findings from the medical studies currently underway, policies within sports leagues are quickly changing.
The World World-Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the governing body that sets anti-doping policies in international sports, including the Olympics, FIFA, and 650 sports organizations world wide. In 2018, even before the U.S federally legalized hemp/CBD, WADA, under the direction of the World Health Organization, deemed that CBD is safe and well tolerated with no recreational use case nor abuse potential, and thus CBD was removed from the banned substance list. The Professional Golf Association (PGA) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) now allows players to supplement with CBD as well.
Current and former U.S. athletes have long pushed to loosen restrictions on cannabis and hemp. This year, major sports leagues have become far more accepting of cannabis and hemp use. In fact the MLB, which has been the most progressive of professional sports leagues in this regard, has completely removed cannabis from its banned substance list, and now treats it the same way as alcohol. In a slightly more subtle, but still progressive change of policy, the NHL has lifted all penalties for players testing positive for cannabis use. Additionally, the NFL has loosened their testing policies, with no suspension for testing positive for THC. There is currently no policy for CBD usage.
The NBA has implemented the most unusual change in policies of all the U.S. sports leagues. While still technically banned, the policy states that cannabis testing on players will be suspended during the “Bubble.” Many speculate that this could have been a strategic decision that would allow players to maintain their mental health while on lock-down and away from their families.
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